Arctic Devil Barley Wine - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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4.61/5 rDev +5.3%
S: Rich maltiness, caramel candy, bourbon sweetness
L: Very dark brown, bordering on black, light tan head that dissipates
T: Intense toffee brittle sweetness with a rich maltiness. Low bitterness, bourbon sweetness comes through next. Touch of chocolate and maybe a hint of coffee roastiness. Butterscotch into the finish. Finishes semi-sweet with some oak.
M: Medium full body, medium low carbonation.
Great stuff, just a fantastic BA barleywine.
01-06-2014 04:40:42 | More by bum732
4.28/5 rDev -2.3%
a - pours a deep deep brown with a garnet hue, modest cream colored head, retention around the edges, not much by way of lacing, quite cloudy
s - rum-soaked raisins and plums with a healthy dose of caramel, unexpected dose of bitter, piney hop aroma on the nose as well
t - big sweet caramel malt flavors up front, rum-soaked raisin and plum on the midpalate with more caramel, some light piney hop bitterness balances out the sweetness a little on the finish, alcohol fumes present on the finish as well with the lingering dark fruit component
m - full-bodied, moderate carbonation, well balanced on the finish, strong alcohol warming effect
d - definitely a sipper of a barleywine, but par for the style, alcohol and sweetness aren't as overwhelming as I expected
Overall, a very good English Barleywine. This isn't my favorite style - I lean more toward hoppier American Barleywines - but I found this quite enjoyable. I imagine this would age quite well, but it's drinking quite nicely right now.
06-16-2008 23:17:36 | More by WeisGuy
3.95/5 rDev -9.8%
Unsure of the vintage but this one is labeled as 10% ABV. Thanks to ipa247 (Jeff) for this one. Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a Darkness snifter.
A: Gentle pour yields just a thin ring of frothy lacing around the edge of the glass. Beer is a semi-cloudy clay-brown. Lacing is stringy and thick with moderate cling. Pretty average.
S: Nose is outstandingly aromatic. Toffee, caramel, brown sugar, and some plum and raisin notes. Alcohol is prominent but not enough to cover the robust flavors. Nice.
T: Opens toffee, caramel, and molasses. Brown sugar, honey, plums, and raisin towards the middle along with a sharp alcohol twinge. More toffee and caramel at the end. Alcohol becomes warming and subtle. Finish is molasses and anise with brown sugar in the aftertaste. Super rich and hearty. Great complexity.
M: Full bodied with low carbonation. Oily and filmy in the mouth with good viscosity. Goes down smooth and warm. Finish is messy with a lingering aftertaste. A bit too thick but incredibly rich and smooth.
O: A monster of a beer, Arctic Devil is a meal in a glass. Incredibly robust and complex with a ton of subtle flavors. However, what keeps it from the top tiers is the huge body and alcohol bite towards the middle and end. Age would probably do wonders to this one. Definitely worth trying and older vintages are likely worth their weight in gold!
06-09-2011 19:01:57 | More by SpeedwayJim
4.8/5 rDev +9.6%
Pours a cloudy copper color with an almost full finger light tan head, with nice retention for a high abv beer, and spotty lacing. Has a very nice aroma with figs, dates, raisins, caramel, oak, vanilla, and a little Whiskey. Just a fantastic smelling beer.
Tastes every bit as great as the aroma suggests, and then some. Has a nice sweet flavor, which is not overly sweet, with figs, dates, raisins, caramel, oak, vanilla, toffee, brown sugar, and a little bit of Whiskey. I let this one age for a while, and it has aged and developed beautifully.
Medium bodied, smooth, with low carbonation. The alcohol is extremely well hidden for a 13.4 % abv beer. This is an outstanding beer.
01-21-2014 03:54:44 | More by hardy008
4.29/5 rDev -2.1%
Thanks to Boozecamel for my first taste of Midnight Sun!
Poured from a 650ml. bottle.
Appearance: Thick, dark brown pour; gorgeous cascading effect of the dark brown foam. Good retention and minimal lacing.
Smell: Vanilla beans, powerful bourbon, heady aroma, some caramel.
Taste: First flavor is like licking caramel followed by oak, bourbon, vanilla, classic barleywine candy flavor, layers of flavor here.
Mouthfeel: Brash yet melts in your mouth, textured yet deceivingly easy to drink.
Overall: This is an excellent barleywine, very fortunate to have tried this.
09-17-2013 14:48:01 | More by papat444
Arctic Devil Barley Wine from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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